TX Tunes: November 2023

by Gracie Watt on November 1, 2023 in Entertainment,

Local Texas Bands Releasing New Music, Bands From Out of Town Coming to Your City on Tour – We Have It All for You in This Month’s Texas Tunes 


#1 The Japanese House

The Japanese House. Courtesy photo.

The Japanese House is playing at Emo’s Austin on Nov. 10. “In The End It Always Does” sees the artist layout her vulnerabilities and innermost feelings in an infectious album of pop-perfection that features collaborations with Dirty Hit label mates George Daniel and Matty Healy of The 1975, MUNA’s Katie Gavin, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. 

The Japanese House is an alternative pop star for the modern age who is serving up vulnerable lyrics and down to earth, celestial songs that offer a reflection on love, loss, and personal identity. Her intimate, unique sound has propelled her to over 350 million streams on Spotify and garnered her major media praise from New York Times, W Magazine, Playboy, GQ, Nylon, The Fader, Pitchfork, Noisey, i-D, WWD and more. In The End It Always Does follows the lauded 2020 EP Chewing Cotton Wool, which featured the illustrious “Dionne” ft. Grammy-award winning songwriter Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), as well as her critically acclaimed debut album  Good At Falling (2019). This new album shows why Amber became so buzzy in the first place, and weaves intense emotions about love, childhood, heartbreak, and identity, into a tapestry of gorgeous, elevated pop music.

#2 Bonnie Montgomery

Bonnie Montgomery. Courtesy photo.

Celebrating her forthcoming release, “River” out Nov. 3, Bonnie Montgomery is returning to Texas for a show at The Lonesome Rose on Nov. 4 to celebrate. Raised in rural Arkansas on a soundtrack of southern gospel, Texas swing, Delta blues, and Ozark bluegrass, Bonnie trained as an opera singer before pivoting to outlaw country. Arriving on the heels of projects like Billy Blythe, her critically-acclaimed opera about Bill Clinton’s childhood (via the New Yorker), and Forever, the 2018 solo record that earned Montgomery the titles of “Best Americana Artist” and “Best Female Vocalist” from the Arkansas County Music Awards, River flows freely from one genre to the next. 

Fun fact, this record was actually recorded on a sod farm in Dayton, Texas. Not unfamiliar to the area, Bonnie has called Wimberley home and consistently tours the lonestar state. 

#3 Sun Room

Sun Room. Photo Caroline Zeeman.

Sun Room is coming to Scoot Inn on Nov. 3 in Austin, Texas. Already veterans of the road only in their young twenties, California’s garage rock force Sun Room is back in their beloved van for a headline Fall Tour. Going coast to coast from September through the end of November, the San Diego band is globally renowned for the electricity of their live presence. 

Sun Room has stepped out as Southern California’s foremost surf-rock band, without ever trying to do anything other than have a good time. They first formed by playing local house shows amongst the young surf community in SoCal, but after a series of viral moments, two of their singles “Crashed My Bike” and “Something That You’re Missing” were included on the Netflix series Outer Banks.

#4 Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth. Courtesy photo.

Guy Forsyth’s new single from his EP “RIDER” is coming out Nov. 3. Guy Forsyth is an Austin, Texas-based musician, singer, storyteller, and songwriter. Guy has won several Austin Music Awards, including best vocalist, while delivering diverse roots music, especially the blues, both classic and original, in which the story always comes first. He earned a ten-year residency at legendary Antone’s nightclub, “the home of the blues,” and recorded several records on the house label. He has toured the U. S. and Europe and opened for Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Dr. John, B. B. King, and Lucinda Williams, among many others. 

To his mastery of the guitar, harmonica, and musical saw he brings an unforgettably passionate and plaintive vocal soundscape. As Texas Music Magazine observed, “The insanely talented multi-instrumentalist can put on one hell of a show, alternately dazzling and amusing audiences on a musical journey from ragtime jazz and Delta blues to socially conscious folk and rollicking modern rock.” As powerful as his records remain, Guy’s live shows will make you whole. https://guyforsyth.com

#5 Shows at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas

Longhorn. Courtesy photo.

Josh Ritter, the Walkman, and Snarky Puppy are all shows coming to the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas. The Longhorn is a venue for all genres. Check out the full lineup here: https://www.longhornballroom.com/tickets.

#6 Hooveriii

Hooveriii & Mudhoney. Photo by Alex Bulli.

Psychedelic space rock band Hooveriii are opening up for Mudhoney at Antone’s Nightclub on Nov. 5 in Austin. 

Hooveriii are touring on their excellent new album called Pointe which was released Oct 13 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society / Levitation. You can listen to singles “The Ship That I Sail” & “The Tall Grass” to get a sense of what’s made this LA-based band a force to reckon with over the last few years, and put them on tour with legends Mudhoney. 


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Gracie Watt is a regular contributor to Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, with a degree in Journalism. Watt is also a Lifestyle Producer at NBC-affiliate KXAN’s Studio 512. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work.